How To Colour Code Your Bookshelf (Rainbow Bookshelf)

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I just moved into my new home and I had to try some viral bookshelf trends. One of the small bookshelf living room ideas that I tried was to colour code my books according to the colour of the rainbow.

The rainbow bookshelf idea is great for homes that are minimalistic or have a lot of warm neutral tones as the finish results of the colour coded bookshelf will add some vibrancy to your home.

If you’re not sure on how to organize your bookshelf by colour, watch my latest video or read the blog post below!

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What is a Rainbow Bookshelf?

A rainbow bookshelf is a bookshelf where books are arranged according to the colours of the rainbow. This means books are arranged from red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo to violet.

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How To Organize Your Bookshelf By Colour (Rainbow Bookshelf)

If you’re wondering on how to organize your books by colour so that it appears to look like a full fledged rainbow, I’ve got just the guide for you.

Step 1: Sort Out Your Books By The 7 Colours Of The Rainbow

When sorting your books, be sure to sort your books according to the colour of the book spine.

Many times, a book can be a different colour when compared to their spine. For example, this Midnight Libraries book is blue in colour but it’s spine is yellow, and therefore, i’m shelving it with the reds, oranges and yellows.

how to colour code your bookshelf

Step 2: Arrange Each Pile Of Books According To Height

Now that you have a group of books that belong to the same colour category, you can easily create a colour coordinated bookshelf.

On the top row of your bookshelf, start arranging the books for each colour category by height. You want to make sure to shelve books from the tallest to the shortest so that the row of books is neater to look at.

On the top row of your bookshelf, start arranging the books for each colour category by height. You want to make sure to shelve books from the tallest to the shortest so that the row of books is neater to look at.

For my bookshelf, I grouped the reds oranges and yellow together on the top shelf.

Step 3: Group Book Series Together If The Spines Closely Match

This tip rarely works, unless each book in the book series match each other closely.

An example here would be the Caraval series, The Cruel Prince series or Fourth Wing series. But then you have series that don’t match, like the Twisted Love series.

how to colour code your bookshelf
how to colour code your bookshelf

How To Organize Books By Colour If My Book Series Spines Don’t Match?

Unfortunately, if you choose to arrange your books by colour, you’ll have to forgo the idea of grouping book series together because not all book spines in a series will match.

For example, my Legends and Lattes and Bookshops and Bonedust books have to seperated because one of them is orange while the other is blue. This is necessary to mke your colour coded bookshelf look aesthetic.

Simple Things To Decorate Your Bookshelf With

Here’s a list of simple things to decorate your bookshelf with:

Wrap-Up: How To Colour Code Your Bookshelf Without It Looking Cluttered

I hope you found this guide on colour coding your bookshelf to look like a rainbow helpful!

I loved how my shelf turned out. I know that it might get more difficult to oragnize my bookshelf according to colour when I add more books to my collection.

I’ll keep all of you updated on how my bookshelf transforms over time.

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